Holocaust Memorial Day was observed in Israel today as it has been every year of its existence.
For two minutes, the entire country virtually comes to a halt as you can see from the video I’ve linked to from a year ago.
I don’t think there’s anything else like it in the world. Then again there’s nothing like The Holocaust.
But that could change.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not mince words when he likened Iran’s ambitions to those of Nazi Germany in a speech delivered at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem:
The Nazis sought to crush civilization and have a master race rule the Earth while destroying the Jewish people. In that same way, Iran seeks to dominate the region and to spread outward from there, with the declared intention of destroying the Jewish state.
Netanyahu went on to lament whether the world had learned anything over the past seven decades stating, “The determination that stemmed from the bloody lessons of 70 years ago have vanished and have been replaced today by the darkness and fog of reality.”
More than 75 years ago, Winston Churchill was openly mocked for his warnings about Hitler. Leading the mocking was his fellow Tory, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. Nobody believed, or wanted to believe, that Hitler was capable of conqueoring Europe and, in so doing, eliminating Jews from the face of the Earth.
Today, save for a small circle of friends, Benjamin Netanyahu is openly mocked for his warnings about Iran. Leading the mocking is President Obama. Nobody believes, or wants to believe, that Iran is capable of building a nuclear bomb and using it against Israel and perhaps even against the United States. But if it does I am sure there will be a significant part of the world which would delight in the destruction of the Jewish state. The same could be said for the elimination of the United States.
I, too, share Benjamin Netanyahu’s pessimism. I have said for years there will be another Holocaust within my lifetime. Only this Holocaust will come more swiftly.
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